Paramedic outlines community role

Gary Organ, the North West Ambulance Service's Community Paramedic for Pendle. (S)
Gary Organ, the North West Ambulance Service's Community Paramedic for Pendle. (S)
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Pendle’s new Community Paramedic has spoken to West Craven councillors about the role.

Gary Organ introduced himself at a meeting of Pendle Council’s West Craven Committee as a paramedic in the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) Trust pilot scheme.

He said he would be working with voluntary groups, first responders, nurses to improve service in the area, particularly for people with long term conditions.

Mr Organ said he will also develop his own skills, in particular to deal with wounds, work with patient groups to allow them more of a say and on community education by visiting schools.

He also answered concerns from councillors regarding the amount of his time spent in West Craven and how much time he could devote to the paramedic aspect of the role.

On time spent as a paramedic so far, Mr Organ said he had been doing more like 30% to 40% of his working hours in that capacity.

He said he had done three jobs so far in Barnoldswick and several others in and around Colne and Nelson.

Mr Organ said the only time he had been to hospital while in his current role was when a two-strong ambulance crew didn’t contain a paramedic, but that that “doesn’t happen very often”.

At March’s earlier meeting of the West Craven Committee, Coun. Ken Hartley expressed his dissatisfaction that the NWAS had not addressed the issue of suitable landing locations for air ambulances in the BB18 postcode area.

In a report to councillors, the NWAS Trust said it was a pilot decision on the best landing site for an incident and up to the council if it wished to pursue specific locations with the North West Air Ambulance which provides and manages the helicopter.

Coun. Hartley said: “I’m extremely disappointed that they don’t seem to want to know about their relationship with the air ambulances and the two charities involved in that.

“When it comes to West Craven, we have both Yorkshire and the North West.

“It seems to me like we are leaving far too much to chance with the ever more frequent use of use of air ambulances.”